Dolphins passing attack heating up, using multiple WR sets with success

By Matthew C. (@PhinManiacs on Twitter)

The Dolphins employed 13 different personnel groups throughout the game on Sunday and ran a total of 81 plays. In the first half, they ran 52 plays and had 34 passing plays and 18 running plays. In the second half, they ran 29 plays and had 13 passing plays and 16 running plays. As you can see, it was much more balanced in the last half of the game. For the game total, there were 47 passing plays and 34 running plays. Obviously, the Dolphins would like more overall balance throughout the entire game.

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Their two favorite formations were 4WR, 0TE, 1RB along with 3WR, 1TE, 1RB. Both formations were used 19 times each throughout the game. Their third favorite formation was 2WR, 2TE, 1RB, which was used 16 times throughout the game.

They ran the ball 15 times to the left, 12 times to the right, and 7 times up the middle. This shows balance between the left and right side, but seems that they don’t like to run it up the middle a whole lot.

I define a short pass as under ten yards, and intermediate pass between 10 and 20 yards, and a deep pass over 20 yards. There were five attempts at deep passes, 15 attempts at intermediate passes, and 22 attempts at short passes. There were three attempts at screens. One play resulted in a QB scramble and one play resulted in a QB sack. The Dolphins went to a short and quick passing game against the Jets mixed in with quite a bit of intermediate throws. There were only five attempts at deep passes with a few of them not even getting out of Tannehill’s hands or target.

Here is the breakdown by personnel group:

Personnel Group: 1 WR | 2 TE | 2RB (5 times throughout the game)

First Half: The Dolphins didn’t use this group at all in the first half.

Second Half: They used it five times in the second half and all of them were running plays. There were three runs to the left side, one up the middle, and one to the right side. This formation was used when the Dolphins were trying to run out the clock at the end of the game.

Analysis: Not much to see from this game because the Dolphins were up by 17 and were simply trying to milk the clock. (continued on page 2, CLICK HERE)

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